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Conor Fegan
An Inspector has dismissed a non-determination appeal brought by Bargate Homes Limited seeking outline planning permission for the construction of up to 100 residential dwellings on the basis that the proposed development would have a likely adverse effect on the integrity of designated sites in the Solent (APP / A1720 / W / 19 / 3225866). The appeal is the latest in a series of decision letters...
Douglas Edwards QC
R (Lancashire County Council) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and another, and R (NHS Property Services Ltd) v Surrey County Council and another (conjoined appeals) [2019] UKSC 58  The Supreme Court has today given judgment in the combined appeals by Lancashire County Council and NHS Property Services Limited. Lord Carnwath, Lord Sales and Lady Black JJSC, who...
Melissa
The London Borough of Waltham Forest (Marlowe Road Estate) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 was confirmed on 10.12.2019. The CPO was made under section 226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The Council, together with its development partner Countryside Properties, promoted the CPO to facilitate the carrying out of the redevelopment of the Marlowe Road Estate, to provide new housing, public...
Gerald Gouriet QC
No general principle Wakefield Council had argued in the High Court and again in the Court of Appeal that “it is a principle of law” that licensing schemes ought to be self-funding rather than being reliant on a local authority’s general funds raised from its council tax payers. The High Court (HH Judge Saffman) was not persuaded there was any such principle; and the Court of Appeal dismissed the...
Andrew Tait QC
Planning permission has been granted following an inquiry for a mixed use development including 1,138 homes, of which 341 would be affordable, in Heybridge, Maldon. The site is a major strategic allocation in the Maldon District Approved Local Development Plan, which was adopted in 2017. It is described by Maldon District Council as “the largest single contributor to meeting the objectively...
Richard Honey
Last night, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, launched ‘Judicial Review in Planning and Environmental Cases in Northern Ireland  - A Guide for Litigants in Person’ at an event held in the Friends of the Earth offices in Belfast.  The event was attended by a wide range of environmental campaigners, public interest groups and legal professionals, including members of...
Richard Honey
Sir Duncan Ouseley has handed down judgment in the case of Compton PC, Ockham PC & Cranwell v Guildford BC, SSHCLG & Ors [2019] EWHC 3242 (Admin), dismissing three challenges to the adoption of the Guildford Local Plan under s113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.  The main issues in the case related to the justification for Green Belt release in the local plan to provide...
London Sinfonietta
Chambers is delighted to support the London Sinfonietta’s programme Sound Out which is part of a wider programme of participation and learning. Since the inception of its Participation and Learning programme in 1983, the London Sinfonietta has established a reputation as a pioneer in the field of orchestral music education and as a provider of innovative creative learning programmes. Today, the...
Charles Streeten
Following a contested hearing, the High Court has granted an application by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for: (a) Permission to cross-examine the Chief Planner and a Planning Team Leader at the Greater London Authority; and (b) Full disclosure of all documents that have come into existence between 1 December 2018 and 5 July 2019 in respect of or in connection to the consideration...
Sarah Sackman
FTB is delighted to receive three nominations for the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2020. Saira Kabir Sheikh QC has been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year and both Melissa Murphy and Ned Westaway have been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year. Ned was also nominated in this category in 2018. The winners will be announced in the next 10...

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